OAP escapes serious injury after 20ft fall

A 69-YEAR-OLD man escaped without serious injury after falling 20 feet from scaffolding on Monday (April 2).

He was helping to re-plaster a chimney on a friend’s house in Upper Glen Road, St Leonards, when the accident happened at around 11am.

Paramedics and the air ambulance were called to assist, as well as firefighters who helped to lift the man.

George O’Reilly, station manager at Bohemia Road Fire Station, said: “The man had fallen in an awkward spot from scaffolding about 20 feet up. We used an aerial ladder platform to help lift him up.”

The man from Hastings, was flown by air ambulance directly to the Royal Sussex Hospital, in Brighton, as he appeared to have chest and spinal injuries, though he was found only to have several broken ribs.